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Apollo Jets Becomes the First ARGUS Certified Charter Broker

Apollo Jets is proud to announce the achievement of becoming the first charter broker to be ARGUS Certified. This approval marks the first time in history that a charter broker has performed the on-site ARGUS Certified Charter Broker Audit and met all of the necessary requirements set forth by ARGUS to obtain their Certified Broker status. Apollo Jets clients can enjoy all of the benefits of Apollo Jets services while having the peace of mind that flights arranged by Apollo Jets apollo-argus-certifiedare performed and monitored under these strict stipulations. Never before has the customer been able to knowingly book a flight with a charter broker who has satisfied the strict and thorough requirements established by ARGUS. ARGUS has long been the globally recognized standard for developing overall quality ratings on aircraft operators. Although there are many commercial aircraft operators in the industry, only the elite qualify for ARGUS Platinum status and have the ability to pass a TripCHEQ requirement which ensures that the charter operator, pilots and specific aircraft meet or exceed ARGUS’ specific criteria. Many charter operator’s broker trips outside of their FAA recognized fleet, but none of them have obtained the ARGUS Certified Charter Broker status at this time.

ARGUS announced at the 2014 NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers conference in Orlando Florida that they were launching the Certified Charter Broker Program. Apollo Jets was the first broker to apply for consideration to be evaluated against the Certified Charter Broker standard and ancillary requirements. Apollo has endured and fulfilled an independent, unbiased, factually based process that confirms Apollo Jets has satisfied the demanding requirements set forth in the ARGUS Certified Charter Broker Program. Apollo has all of the policies and procedures in place which adhere to all applicable regulations, industry best practices, appropriate insurance coverage, and management of the fiscal responsibilities inherent to this line of business.

The ARGUS Certified Charter Broker Program addresses the concerns of the charter customer as well as the charter operators that are utilized to fulfill a brokered trip. Consistent with the ARGUS Charter Evaluation and Qualification (CHEQ) system. This program is designed to provide Apollo Jets clients with unbiased, factual and relevant data and information necessary to make informed decisions each and every time they charter an aircraft on behalf of their clients. A Certified Charter Broker must be able to prove compliance, through an on-site audit, against a recognized set of industry best practices and demonstrate knowledge and compliance with any applicable regulations or standards that are imposed upon a charter broker as a result of their legal domicile or the geographic coverage of their brokered charter flights. Apollo Jets has succeeded on all counts and has complied with all of the criteria necessary.

Apollo Jets is the first charter broker to achieve two levels of recognition, ARGUS Registered and ARGUS Certified. A Registered Charter Broker provides ARGUS with documented proof of specific requirements, and annually pledges their commitment to adhering to industry best practices and applicable regulations. A Certified Charter Broker will submit the same documentation and annual pledge, and will undergo an on-site audit, once every two years, to prove their compliance with industry best practices and applicable regulations.

About Apollo:

Apollo Jets is the largest air charter broker in the United States. With agents in NY, LA, Boca Raton, Chicago, Las Vegas and Boston Apollo Jets is considered to be the epitome of quality and service. With access to aircraft on a worldwide basis on as little as 2 hours’ notice Apollo Jets is capable of fulfilling any and all aviation needs. Apollo Jets has Access to a wide variety of aircraft from 4 passengers, to 400 passengers.

Apollo Jets has always been at the forefront of aviation by providing its clients with a marketplace to fly the highest quality aircraft and crews at the most competitive rates.

Jet Report: Hawker 800XP

As one of the most popular jets available today, the Hawker 800XP is to perfect aircraft for family winter vacations or overnight business trips. A cousin of British Aerospace and Hawker Beechcraft’s Hawker 400XP, this mid size jet boasts a comfortable cabin of 5.7 H x 6 W x 21.3 L and a sizable luggage compartment that can hold 48 cubic feet worth of  bags and travel gear.

Since 1983 when the first of the 800 series took flight, this jet has been taking the world by storm with a redesigned cockpit from its predecessor and a modified fuselage (which makes the 8 passenger cabin very roomy!) One of the great advantages of using the Hawker 800XP is unlike many of the other mid size jets in their category, this aircraft can use a runway of just 5,100 ft, making it accessible to many of the smaller airports in the world. Check out some more facts about the Hawker 800XP below:

  • Has range of over 3,000 nautical miles (if not fully loaded, this has the potential to go nonstop from New York to Los Angeles)
  • Allied Signal TFE731-5BR engines
  • Normal cruise speed of 495 miles per hour
  • Equipped with a GPWS or Ground Proximity Warning System, which alerts pilots of obstacles or danger on the ground.

The Photo that Will Last a Decade

It’s that time of the year to start planning your summer vacations and on the top of your to-do list is most likely to renew your passport. It can be difficult to get a passport picture that you won’t be embarrassed to show to the customs agent. The trick is finding the right color up top to compliment your complexion and won’t wash you out such as a crisp navy blue; never wear white or pastel colors.

Guys: get a fresh haircut and shave a day before taking the picture to ensure that you look clean and put together. Ladies: keep the makeup natural and defined with some mascara and eyeliner along with a little touch of blush or bronzer; the florescent lights could be harsh on your good looks if you have too much makeup on. For the smile, keep it natural and relaxed as if you were taking a picture with close friends. And once you get your passport renewed…

Remember Apollo Jets can take you there!

Travel Spotlight: Iceland

The mid-Atlantic island of Iceland is USA’s closest European neighbor with flights as short as 5 hours from NY. Iceland offers unique geography for its visitors with its pristine landscape and natural beauties such as glaciers, waterfalls, and volcanoes. Geothermal lagoons and natural hot springs also allow for luxurious spa experiences.

The best time to visit Iceland is between the months of May through September to take advantage of the longer days. Iceland’s climate is milder than its name implies but you still need a jacket as the climate is unpredictable throughout the day. For the active explorer, Iceland has various options such as mountain biking, scuba diving, skiing, and river rafting. Not only does Iceland have breathtaking views but they also have a diverse and thriving cultural atmosphere of jazz music and contemporary artists with popular music and arts festivals in the fall. When you’re ready to book your flight to Iceland…

Remember Apollo Jets can take you there!

Get ready for the 2012 US Tennis Open

 

The 2012 U.S. Tennis Open is right around the corner. The annual event that takes place in New York will be held during August 27th to September 9th. Tennis fans and enthusiasts will eagerly await the opening day of the fourth and final tennis major comprising the Grand Slam.

The tennis tournament consists of five different event championships: men’s and women’s singles, men’s and women’s doubles, and mixed doubles. People from all around the globe will travel to New York to watch and show support for their favorite tennis athletes like Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, and many more.

Being the fourth and final annual tennis major of the year, it is important to book your travel way in advance. New York City is the most populous city in the United States and the center of the New York Metropolitan Area. Apollo is able to provide full concierge service to those who fly with us.

Remember Apollo Jets can take you there!

Visit Spain for the 2012 Formula 1 World Championship

The 2012 Formula 1 Grand Prix of Europe will be taking place this weekend: June 22nd  - 24th in Valencia, Spain. Spectators from around the globe will be gathering to watch the 8th race of the 2012 Formula 1 World Championship.

This event occurs once a year and fans will have the opportunity to watch history in the making if Mercedes’ Michael Schumacher wins the 92nd Grand Prix victory in Valencia and becomes a record eighth winner in the season’s first eight races. Being one of the toughest tracks of the Grand Prix tour, Formula 1 racers will have to battle 25 corners (the most of any F1 track). The race will comprise of 57 laps of the 5.419 km (3.367 mile) circuit length, or 308.883 km (191.933 miles) race distance. It will be a memorable moment and an exciting race to say the least!

The local forecast in Valencia calls for a very warm and sunny weekend. A trip to Europe is most ideal during the summer and what a better time to go than now!  It is never too late or too early to book a trip with Apollo Jets.

Find Your Beach!

Summer travel is something we all anticipate every year. There are endless amounts of places to go to during this current peak season. So the real question to be asked is, where do we go?  Here at Apollo, we have selected 5 of the greatest urban beaches throughout the world for you to visit this summer:

  1. Barceloneta Beach, Barcelona, Spain- Nearly a three-quarter-mile stretch between Port Vell and the Olympic Marina. This beach embodies all that Barcelona has to offer with beautiful people, great restaurants, fresh seafood, and a great summertime vibe.
  2. Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil- Heavily known for being one of the world’s sexiest beaches, you can take long walks on its distinguishing white sand beach.  Families, celebrities, sports athletes and more are all common sightings at this popular coastline.
  3. Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia- Located near bars and fancy seaside restaurants and only four miles from downtown, this beach attracts every type of beachgoer. This is the ideal beach to surf. If you don’t know how to surf, don’t worry its great place to learn!
  4. South Beach, Miami, Florida- The South Beach strip is known as a Mecca of diverse cultures, beautiful architecture and exclusive beach parties. The warm turquoise water makes this beach an ideal escape with just a short walk to Miami’s best attractions.
  5. Venice Beach, Los Angeles, California- The long boardwalk at this beach has many people watching what goes on with tons of acts ranging from belly dancers to daredevils in every category. With numerous beach activities and things to do, there is always excitement at this beach.

These 5 great urban beaches are great destinations for summer travel. Pick one or all and Apollo can help get you there!

HondaJet Aircraft

The HondaJet has recently completed its fourth FAA inaugural flight on May 4th, 2012, setting a huge milestone for private aviation. Honda Aircraft Company’s vision for the HondaJet is to bring unmatched personal mobility to the skies, evolving the idea of what a business jet can/should be. The unique design of the aircraft makes it one of the most innovative for pilot and passenger throughout.

With a breakthrough in aeronautics, the Over-The-Wing Engine Mount provides a more spacious cabin, noise reduction, and increased fuel efficiency. The HondaJet employs a lighter yet strong carbon fiber composite fuselage, committed to protecting the environment. The cutting-edge engineering innovation challenges how a jet should look and act.

The HondaJet cockpit is even more advanced than most aircraft based on the thoughtful ergonomic design and state-of-the-art situational awareness. With a Garmin G3000 next-generation all-glass avionics system, the dual touch-screen controllers and three 14-inch high-resolution displays offer enhanced navigation, flight planning, and control.

The cabin space provides more than most jets in its class. There is executive seating for four in a classic cube configuration, plus an optional side-facing fifth seat. The Over-The-Wing Engine mount as mentioned before provides a more accessible cargo space and a quieter interior for a more enjoyable ride.

The Honda designers meticulously considered every detail to offer one of the most advanced and enjoyable aircraft on the market. Expect to see Apollo chartering this new sleek looking aircraft in the near future.

Fly Private to the 2012 London Olympics

It’s currently day 4 of the 2012 Summer Olympics Games in London and the competitive atmosphere has sprung into full action. It’s not too late to take advantage of the live action and make your way to London to catch the excitement. London is the capital of England, the largest metropolitan area in the United Kingdom. It’s a leading global city, with strengths in arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, media, and tourism.

With an array of aircraft options to choose from, Apollo Jets is capable of getting you there so you can root for your home country at any event. London’s Southend Airport just opened a state-of-the-art business lounge for private jets flying in for the Olympics. The £500,000 transformation includes a meeting room with full video conferencing technology, a pilot’s rest zone and facilities for drivers who are waiting for passengers. This is definitely an airport we recommend.

Please feel free to call us at any time to set up your private jet travel arrangements and get the best aircraft for the best price. Apollo is dedicated to working with you directly to make sure that all your travel accommodations are met and that you and your fellow passengers arrive safely in the U.K.

Around 10,500 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees are expected to participate in the London Olympic Games making it the largest multi-sport event to ever be held in the United Kingdom. Be sure to visit London for the Olympic Games and see what the city has to offer. Let Apollo Jets be your private jet solution for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London.

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